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Trash Talk / Rich & Desperate?
« on: April 24, 2017, 11:43:32 PM »
Was approaching one of my sites last week, spotted a silver Infiniti parked where I wasn't expecting a car to be. After confirming nobody was in it, I continue approaching the bin....until I see a flashlight beam wandering around. I head into some woods alongside to watch/wait. Guy puts a small item in his trunk, I couldn't see what it was. Just as he leaves a late model white Cadillac comes around the corner. Guy in a suit gets out and also scopes out the bin with a flashlight. No dice for him...or me. As I'm walking back to my car a black Porsche comes gliding around the corner with headlights off. I bust out laughing. 4 people hit that bin in a 5 minute period, that's probably busier than the store's checkout line on Black Friday. ;D The repo man can't be far behind if those guys are relying on dumpsters to keep up on their payments. Fortunately my garbage scow is paid for.

DIY/Fix-It Up/Repair / Tablet Screens
« on: April 13, 2017, 05:36:25 AM »
So I dived some tablets including one of these puppies with a busted touchscreen:
Researched online to find out you need at least 200F degrees to soften the glue holding the LCD and touchscreen together. 230 degrees will burn the LCD. A hair dryer won't go beyond 150 degrees, so is useless. A heat gun gets plenty hot enough, but there's major risk of burning the LCD and/or nearby plastic parts.
I decided to put the tablet in my gas oven, used this dived digital smokehouse thermometer to make sure things didn't overheat:

I removed the motherboard and battery, put the frame in the oven for 5 minutes between 190 and 200 degrees.  Was able to lift up the glass about an eighth of an inch, then slowly worked sideways a couple of inches with a small screwdriver blade. I had cut a plastic gift card into 1/4 inch wide strips, I slid these in between the glass and frame to keep the glass from gluing itself down again. Slow going, I put the frame back in the oven for 5 minutes every time I'd loosened up another couple of inches. It eventually comes apart with no apparent damage to the LCD or other tablet parts. Speakers fell out due to their adhesive softening, but went back in easily.
$23 digitizer on order from China, should be here by the end of next month.
I did put a couple extra cracks in the already broken digitizer, no biggie. A broken digitizer with good LCD is the most likely scenario you'll encounter. The trickiest scenario is if you try to separate a good digitizer from a bad LCD without breaking the former. I would likely have heated up to 220 degrees in this case to get the glue really soft.
Here are some other dived goodies:
A working 8 inch tablet that I'm using as an audio player for my talk radio shows, Zagg keyboard dived last year:

I had to reinstall the drivers for this via USB. I went to use the camera feature. Rear camera worked fine. I switched to the front camera, causing it to bluescreen, reboot and delete all it's drivers again. Guess I won't be using the front camera.
Keyboard for another 10 inch tablet:

Also a no-name 7 inch tablet with both motherboard and screen smashed. Battery pack consisted of 2 2500MAH pouch batteries connected in parallel. I harvested them and put them into a $4 large USB battery bank case that was intended for 6 laptop cells:

Battery chemistry/charging voltage is identical between the pouch batteries and cylindrical laptop cells.

I bought a couple of cheap lights ($3) to try and put to use the 18650 lithium cells I've been harvesting from laptop batteries. One died, and the other started flickering/acting stupid after two nights out each. I should have known better. Better to spend $50 on one good light than to spend $5 to $10 apiece replacing cheapos on a monthly basis.
Back in the day, I would buy generic consumer lights (Ray-O-Vac, Eveready, Duracell, Coleman, etc. Even LED Maglites for $15 each).
None of them ever lived for 3 months. My 2AA alkaline-powered Olight I25 is still working fine after about 5 years and ~50 drops onto blacktop. I just bought this Thrunite TN12 to put my 18650 laptop cells to use:
I grabbed the 2016 model, updated from the 2014 version in the review. I'm impressed after a couple of nights out. The 18 lumen LOW mode is plenty bright enough to light up a bin without flushing the birds out of the trees across the parking lot. 1100 lumen max is brighter than a car high beam, I don't expect to ever need anything that bright.
I selected the "Neutral White" tint, which is  real white (rather than blue or yellow). Very easy to see and grade dumpster food by. The "necrosis blue" 12K tint of cheap lights makes it impossible to discern rotten meat or see mold on baked goods. I haven't dropped or sent this one flying yet - hopefully it keeps on firing.

The Dung Heap / Where's The Beef?
« on: February 24, 2017, 05:06:50 AM »

Trash Talk / Nice Ambience In This Dumpster House....
« on: February 17, 2017, 01:59:22 PM »
...makes me want to get one myself:  :)

The Dung Heap / 2200 Pesos
« on: February 14, 2017, 04:29:48 PM »
This has happened a couple of times before, and then corrected itself. For close to a year now, Google thinks I'm in Mexico. Blogger, Youtube, and all things Google change to .mx sites.  They keep changing the language to Spanish, fortunately I've figured out how to switch it back. A $79 Roku is 2200 pesos:

I have a Pinterest download app that is supposed to cost 99 cents a month. Google is billing me for that in pesos as well, it ends up being 69 cents on my credit card. Makes me wonder what would happen if I bought a $100 item from a Google marketplace....would they bill me in pesos and have it costing me $70?

The Dung Heap / No Kickstand Required
« on: February 10, 2017, 05:26:55 AM »
They usually won't stand up by themselves....but this one doesn't want to lay down. :o

Jokes and Funny Stories / Grab 'Em
« on: February 02, 2017, 09:25:35 AM »

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